GIS project enters next stage

Work has started on the second stage of Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Commission for Tourism’s (SCT’s) geographic information system project.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  April 4, 2004

Work has started on the second stage of Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Commission for Tourism’s (SCT’s) geographic information system project, which is called the Tourism Sites Project. The project is being carried out by Atallah Systems and will see the construction of detailed tourism base maps, the creation of a Geodatabase, data entry and the linking of tourist site photography and the development of a web enabled GUI that facilitates easy data retrieval and manipulation for both the SCT and other departments. “This stage is a continuation of what SCT was undertaking to utilise latest technologies in its operations,” says Dr. Waleed M. Kassab Al-Hemmaidi, General Director, Provincial Planning and Liaison Department, SCT. Atallah and the SCT are using the ArcGIS 8.3 platform from ESRI for the GIS project. Other tools being used by the duo include Imagine Professional 8.7 from ERDAS/Leica Geosystems and Oracle 9i. In addition to deploying the software and helping SCT with the project, Atallah Systems is training SCT personnel on the latest GIS technologies and software. The entire project team includes a number of professionals in the GIS and urban & regional planning fields, raster image specialists, programmers, analysts and database administrators. “GIS was used successfully as a tool to select and shortlist tourism sites and locations throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” explains Al-Hemmaidi.

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